The Bureau of Land Management’s decision to allow mining of molybdenum at Mt. Hope has been challenged by the Great Basin Resource Watch and The Western Shoshone Defense Project. The proposed project is expected to produce 1.2 billion saleable pounds of molybdenum as technical grade molybdenum oxide. However, the Mt. Hope mine has generated controversy regarding access to public water reserves.
A $5.5 million grant was recently awarded to Self-Help Enterprises to fund an affordable housing project and community center in Lindsay, California. Construction on the project is anticipated to begin May 2017, after additional funding is secured.
Residents in Weed, California, are challenging an Oregon-based timber company that is claiming rights to spring water on land that it owns but that has also supplied the town with drinking water for decades.
California’s severe drought continues with no end in sight and families across the state face life without water—something most of us can only imagine—as wells run dry. Rural Community Assistance Corporation (RCAC) has been helping homeowners through the California household/small water system drought assistance (HSWSDA) loan/grant program.
While the U.S. Census Bureau reported last week that rural incomes lag behind pay growth for urban residents, policy experts now say that incomes in rural America in fact grew in 2015.